Everyone needs different tools to get work done. Spreadsheets are great for working with numbers, and Kanban boards are better for project management. Everyone also has favorites - favorite tools, favorite work styles, favorite methods..
Getting all these tools and work styles to play together nicely is a tough task many companies face.
Views in Zenkit Base represent different tools you can use to work with your data. Every view has the same data at its core, which just means that you can switch to the tool that suits you and your task best, without having to export, import, or modify your data in any way.
Zenkit currently has a table, Kanban, list, mind map, calendar, hierarchy, wiki, and Gantt view.
Here's an example of how these different views work together: You're working on a mission to Mars, and the biggest project is building the spaceship that will take you there. You create a collection called 'Build Spaceship' to manage the project.
- You start out by creating a simple list of all the tasks that need to get done in list view.
- When you're managing the progress of the project, you use Kanban to move tasks from 'To Do', to 'In Progress', and finally 'Done' lists.
- You need to track cost and time estimates, as well as manage inventory, so you input those numbers for each task in the table view.
- When assigning tasks to your team members, you switch back to Kanban.
- To assign test, delivery, and due dates to tasks, you use the calendar.
In the end, all you're doing is looking at the same core of data from a different perspective. Every time you make an update in table view, for example, that update is reflected in every other view!
The views themselves are highly flexible so that every member of your team can find a way to use the data that suits them best. As a rule, changes that you make to the way a view is displayed (hiding columns, using Kanban swimlanes, moving columns in tables or lists in Kanban) will not be shown to other users.
If you want a view to appear to other users, you can mark it as 'Public'.
Switching between views
Each new collection opens up to Kanban view. However, you may prefer to see it in list form to start with, click where it says "Kanban" in the top right corner and choose "List" from the dropdown menu. If you want to see a table, just choose "Table", or click "Calendar" to use the calendar. If you've already customized your views by naming them, or making some public, your view menu will update to reflect that.